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The Archbishop recently said that the wave of energy price hikes seems "inexplicable"

Shell accused of leaving renewable project 'high and dry'

A row over the Government's ambitious renewable energy targets erupted yesterday after Royal Dutch Shell pulled out of the London Array, the world's largest proposed offshore wind farm. Environmental groups and politicians criticised Shell for its decision to put its one-third stake in the £2bn project, which is projected to generate 1gw of emission-free energy – enough to power a quarter of London households – up for sale.

Dominic Lawson: The staggering cost of renewable energy

The commitment will lead to an increase of about 40 per cent in annual electricity bills

E.ON tells ministers to come clean about green energy's cost to public

Senior energy executives have called on ministers to come clean about the costs of the Government's ambitious plans for a green energy revolution.

Offshore wind farm plan unveiled

*The energy giant E.ON has unveiled plans to build one of the biggest wind farms in Britain, saying it wants a swift resolution to an objection from the Ministry of Defence.

Pandora: Ruff justice in Romania

The Press Association's political editor Jon Smith – who was injured in a road accident involving No 10 staff, journalists and a Bucharest bus driver – could count himself lucky, given the reported fate of some of the city's Dracula-esque stray dogs, a 30,000-strong infestation.

Energy giant calls for delayed decison on coal-fired power station

Environment campaigners said the Government suffered a "major blow" yesterday after the energy giant E.ON argued that a decision on whether it should build Britain's first coal-fired power station since 1984 should be delayed until later in the year.

Cabinet split over new coal-fired power station

Plans to build Britain's first coal-fired power station since 1984 have led to a cabinet split amid concerns that the project would undermine efforts to cut carbon emissions.

MP calls for public inquiry into £1bn coal power plant

A Labour MP has demanded a public inquiry into the "very, very close co-operation" between the Government and the company planning to build Britain's first coal-fired power station for more than 20 years.

Leading article: This foolish rush into the arms of the dirtiest fuel

Coal is easily the most carbon-intensive and polluting form of energy generation available. As a society, we ought to be moving in the very opposite direction for ourenergy needs, towards conservation and renewables. It is inconceivable that a government serious about cutting carbon emissions would give the go-ahead for a new generation of coal-fired power stations to be built. Yet this is precisely what the Business Secretary, John Hutton, will come perilously close to doing in a speech today. Mr Hutton isexpected to hint strongly that government approval is to be granted for a new coal-fired power station at Kingsnorth, Kent.

E.ON's move to break up its network hands EU a major victory

E.ON sent shockwaves through the European power industry yesterday when it became the first major continental power company to propose a break-up of major parts of its network, handing a victory to the European Commission in its efforts to break the stranglehold the Continent's dominant players have on the market.

NPower announces profit rise of 41 per cent

Fresh concern over the prices charged by energy companies was aroused yesterday when nPower, the country's fourth biggest supplier, announced a 41 per cent leap in profits.

Power to the people: watchdog bows to pressure for energy inquiry

Victory for consumers as regulator launches inquiry into gas and electricity suppliers

Boiling Point: Calls for inquiry into alleged 'profiteering' of energy giants

British Gas, the country's biggest energy supplier, announced a 500 per cent rise in profits today, outraging campaigners who claim householders are being ripped off.

E.ON follows rivals and hikes energy bills

E.ON, Britain's third largest energy provider, yesterday became the latest company to announce significant increases in its bills. E.ON said it would put up prices for gas by 15 per cent and electricity by 9.7 per cent, with immediate effect.

E.ON raises energy prices

Energy provider E.ON today became the latest firm to unveil inflation-busting price rises for gas and electricity customers.

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The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
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Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
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Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003